2010-09-02 / News

What to have in an emergency

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency recommends that each household stock the following supplies to prepare for a potential disaster or weather emergency:

• A three-day supply of water. Figure on at least one gallon of water per person per day.

• Enough non-perishable foods for three to seven days. Keep a sterno on hand if you plan to heat food, and avoid foods that will make you thirsty.

• A well-stocked first aid kit, with basic supplies such as bandages, sterile gauze, tweezers, scissors, antiseptic, a thermometer, soap and a pain reliever. Be sure to stock up on any prescription medications as well.

• Bedding supplies, such as pillows, blankets and sleeping bags.

• Sanitation supplies, such as toilet paper, soap, personal hygiene items, garbage bags, disinfectant, household chlorine bleach and a plastic bucket with a tight lid.

• Cash. Banks and ATMs may not be open or available during a disaster.

• Important documents, such as wills, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, stocks and bonds, as well as identification documents such as passports, licenses and Social Security cards.

• Small tools, and battery-operated radios, flashlights, a non-electric can opener and matches.

• A full tank of gas in each vehicle.

• Food and water for pets. Information courtesy of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency. Visit www.riema.ri.gov for more information.

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